This project series will be documenting (hopefully) the end of 3 years of project procrastination.
When we found out we were having a girl (back in May 2011), my wife had this grand design vision of a modern vintage furniture theme in her room. One of the focal points she has been on the prowl for, was an old dresser to “upcycle”. Fast forward 2.5 years later (November 2013), she finally find a dresser on Craigslist that fits the design aesthetic she was looking for. After getting the dresser home, we find that the inside was in very bad condition, so I decided to gut the interior and save only the exterior for her to paint. I got as far as the gutting before I realized that I have zero personal motivation to work on the project, leaving it (any pretty much every project I start) in limbo.
About a week ago, I finally came to the realization that this project was a major woodworking motivation slump for me. I’m the type of person who wants to see what I start come to an acceptable level of completion before I am able to move on to the next thing. Because the project has been sitting in my basement for months, it was constant reminder that I simply had to get it done whenever in because I had simply had to get it done and over with so that I could move on with my woodworking life. After talking to my wife about it (best summarized as a whiny rant that went along the lines of this “we just need to make it a priority for me to get this project done”), I did what I know is a fool-proof way to get the project done: create a project plan. After firing up Microsoft Project, I got to work writing out 22 different steps/task and inserting all of the dependencies. Re-energized with the project, I got to work this weekend and knocked out 6 of those tasks. All in all, I’d say it was a productive weekend…
PS: To show how awesome my wife is, not only did she let me disappear 3 nights in a row to the shop, she also apologized for making me take on a project I didn’t necessarily want to take on, and that she hopes I’ll be able to learn something as a woodworking from it, beyond the tools she said I could buy to make the project go smoother.